Left Bloomington this morning a little after 7:15 am and headed down to Interlake on my KTM 640 Adventure with thebiglebowski (ADV Member) on his KLR 650. It was our first trip down there. About 108 miles to get there…
My GPS tried to send us in on Friendship Road, which ends up dead ending at a Reclamation Area for Foot Traffic Only, so we backtracked and went in the back entrance.
There were a lot of mud holes, even on the main roads
Stopped for a drink on Trail 6
View of the Lake from Trail 6
Tim navigating the end of Trail 6
After enough fun at Interlake, we headed West on 68 past Linville and stopped at the Coal Mining Museum. It’s located about 1 mile West of Linville.
If you are in the area, I highly recommend stopping there and seeing some of the cool memorabilia they have on display. Two former miners were there working and talked to us about the history of the mining in the area. When they found out we were looking for a shady spot to eat lunch, they invited us into their air-conditioned dining area and ate with us. Hearing their stories was really interesting and they even offered to share their lunches with us, but we had each packed a cooler, knowing that we would be gone all day.
They directed us to an old Drag Line
The bucket was pretty big
So was the chain that connected to it
The pivoting mechanism
Reciprocating Foot that allows the drag line to walk from location to location
Then we stopped by a working mine to take a few pics. This drag line is as big as the other, but it is so far below the ground, you can only just see the top of the boom above the road.
We drove around the edge of the mine until we could get a better view of the Drag Line working. Notice how little the trucks look in comparison to the Drag Line. Look to the right of the rig, next to the base of the hills. Those little tiny white specs are full sized pick-up trucks.
Cool Video of how Drag Lines are built and how they Operate...
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mir7a8YaxV0"]YouTube- How Do They Do IT: Draglines[/ame]
We had a great day. I learned a lot about the capabilities and limitations of the 640. I ended up dropping it once at a stand still when I put my foot down to turn the bike around and what I thought was dry mud ended up only being a dried crust covering a sloppy mess. No damage to anything other than my pride.
We ended up running into some pretty heavy rain about 30 miles from home, but after being in full gear in the heat all day, we didn’t even bother to stop and put on rain gear, we just enjoyed the cool rain.